Dr. Megha Amrith (Research Group Leader • Forschungsgruppenleiterin)


Megha Amrith ist seit Januar 2018 Leiterin der Max-Planck-Forschungsgruppe "Ageing in a Time of Mobility" am MPI-MMG. Zu ihren Forschungsschwerpunkten gehört die Arbeit von Migrant*innen, Pflege, Altern, Ungleichheiten, Zugehörigkeit und Staatsbürgerschaft, mit besonderem Fokus auf Südostasien, aber auch unter Rückgriff auf vergleichende ethnographische Perspektiven. Sie ist Autorin der Monographie "Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia" (NIAS Press, 2017), Mitherausgeberin des Bandes "Gender, Work and Migration" (mit Sahraoui, Routledge, 2018) und hat ihre Arbeit in Zeitschriften wie Global Networks, Ethnos, Citizenship Studies und Urban Studies veröffentlicht. Megha Amrith promovierte im Rahmen eines Gates-Cambridge-Stipendiums in Sozialanthropologie an der University of Cambridge. Bevor sie zum MPI-MMG kam, hatte sie ein Postdoktoranden-Stipendium am Centre for Metropolitan Studies an der Universität von São Paulo (2012-2013) und ein Forschungsstipendium am United Nations University Institute for Globalization, Culture and Mobility, Barcelona (2014 - 2017).




Amrith, M. (2017). Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia. Copenhagen: NIAS Press.


Amrith, M., & Sahraoui, N. (Eds.). (2018). Gender, work and migration: Agency in gendered labour settings. London: Routledge. Link


Amrith, M., & Coe, C. (2022). Disposable kin: Shifting registers of belonging in global care economies. American Anthropologist. Link

Amrith, M. (2021). Ageing bodies, precarious futures: The (im)mobilities of ‘temporary’ migrant domestic workers over time. Mobilities. doi:10.1080/17450101.2021.1885834.

McKearney, P., & Amrith, M. (2021). Care. Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology. CEA. doi:10.29164/21care.

Amrith, M. (2020). The linear imagination, stalled: changing temporal horizons in migrant journeys. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs. doi:10.1111/glob.12280. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). The substance of care: Ethical dilemmas in migrant medical labour. Ethnos, 1-17. Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Tentative friendships among low-income migrants in São Paulo’s commercial districts. Urban Studies, 55(3), 522-537. Link

Amrith, M., & Amrith, S. (2016). Migration, Health and Inequality in Asia. Development and Change, 47(4), 840-860.

Amrith, M. (2015). Pathways to Urban Citizenship among Low-Income Migrants in São Paulo. Citizenship Studies, 19(6-7), 649-663.

Amrith, M. (2015). Urban Marginality and the Affective Lives of Migrants. Third Text, 29(6), 459-472. Link

Amrith, M. (2013). Encountering Asia: Narratives of Filipino Medical Workers on Caring for Other Asians. Critical Asian Studies, 45(2), 231-254.

Amrith, M. (2010). 'They Think we are Just Caregivers’: The Ambivalence of Care among Filipino Medical Workers in Singapore. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(3/4), 410-427.

Amrith, M., Johnson, J., Martin, D., Murawski, M., & Nelms, T. (2008). Harvesting Failure in the Field: An Ethnographic Apprenticeship in Coping with the Unexpected. Cambridge Anthropology, 28(1), 61-82.

Beiträge in Sammelwerken

Amrith, M. (2018). Dignity of labour: Activism among Filipina domestic workers in Singapore and Barcelona. In M. Amrith, & N. Sahraoui (Eds.), Gender, work and migration: Agency in gendered labour settings (pp. 65-82). London: Routledge. Link

Amrith, M. (2017). Migration and Urbanization in Contemporary Asia. In F. Caprotti, & L. Yu (Eds.), Sustainable Cities in Asia. London: Routledge.

Amrith, M. (2015). Cities as Lived Spaces. In P. Nair, & T. Bloom (Eds.), Migration Across Boundaries: Linking Research to Practice and Experience. London: Ashgate.


Amrith, M. (2020). Interview: The two Singapores: Rethinking migrant domestic care work in COVID-19. Link

Amrith, M. (2020). Blog post: Enduring indifference and the vital labour of migrant domestic workers, Identities COVID-19 Blog Series. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). Blog post: Guest reading list on ‘Care’, Network of Ethnographic Theory. Link

Amrith, M., & Sampaio, D. (2019). Blog post: Reflections on the ‘Grey is the New Pink: Moments of Ageing’ exhibition. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). Book Review: Domestic Economies: Women, Work, and the American Dream in Los Angeles by Susanna Rosenbaum, Duke University Press. Anthropological Forum, 29(2), 190-192.

Amrith, M. (2018). Ageing in a time of mobility: a research agenda. MMG Working Paper, (18-01). Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Blog post: Ageing Bodies: Retiring from Temporary Lives. Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Blog post: Ageing in a Time of Mobility: An Introduction. Link

Amrith, M. (2017). Podcast: New Books in Southeast Asian Studies: Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia. Link

Amrith, M. (2015). The Invisible Labour of Female Migrants in the Care Sector. Barcelona: United Nations University.

Amrith, M. (2015). The Empowerment of Domestic Workers. Barcelona: United Nations University.

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